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Message from our Mayor

July 13, 2012
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We are now in the second week of July and it has finally cooled off a little.  I’m sure glad we had Corn Carnival when we did and it wasn’t like this past week with 95 to 100 degree days.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather than what we had for Corn Carnival.  With a nice rain a few days before the start and then temperatures in the lower 80’s, it doesn’t get any better than that.  As you probably guessed this article will be about the 90th Corn Carnival and before I start I want to make it clear that there will be a 91st Corn Carnival in 2013.  Let’s start by giving credit to those who made Corn Carnival a great event year after year.  I’m not going to try and name every one as I know I’ll miss someone.  We need to start with Dennis Gienger who has been president for the last several years and a board member for over 20 years.  Dennis will be stepping down as president this year and deserves a big thank you for his past service.  He couldn’t have done this job without a great and dedicated board some of whom have also served for a long time and some new members who have stepped up and given of their time and talent.  Thanks to all!  Next I would like to mention the clean up crew who work late at nights and early in the mornings getting Gladbrook ready for the next day.  The long time Port-a-Potty crew of Jason Gienger, Dan DeWitt and Randy Clark did a great job on a job that is not fun and takes a lot of time.  The morning street cleaning crew of Mark Lowry, Bud Basset and Lori Bearden were out every morning picking up trash and cans, walking all over town.  Before I forget I want to thank all of the Gladbrook citizens for mowing and cleaning up their property.  The town looked great and made a good impression on those from out of town as they came to Gladbrook.  Thanks to all for your behind the scenes effort in showing off Gladbrook as a great place to live. We started off Thursday with a very nice Collectors Fair.  It took a lot of work to get all of those collections set up but as always the ladies in charge did a great job.  Then on to the Kids Parade.  We had the usual big turnout for a beautiful 80 degree night.  I have a hard time knowing who some of the kids belong to so I watch for the grandparents and that is usually a dead giveaway as to who the kids belong to.  Along with Terri Luehring announcing, I eventually get them figured out.  I also enjoyed Grandpa Henry Horstmann’s float even though they ran out of grandkids, maybe there will be four generations coming soon. Friday night was the grand parade lead off with the Gladbrook Legion Color Guard and then Darrell and Jeanne Paustian, Grand Marshalls, riding in a wagon pulled by a six horse Clysdale hitch, followed by all the volunteer Fire Departments from surrounding communities.  We had about a one hour long parade with a lot of local and neighboring businesses and people making our parade one of the best in the state (in my mind).  Thanks to all who took part and to the thousands of people who came to watch. Saturday started off with breakfast in the park which was enjoyed by a large crowd, followed by all the kids events and the volleyball tournament.  There was a large crowd there to enjoy the day and the time of coming home to see family and friends.  Saturday afternoon was the time to see about 100 cars at the Cruise.  This was the largest turnout we have had with a lot of beautiful cars.  We finished the night with the local talent show with great performances from both young and old (sorry about that, quartet).  This was enjoyed by a full house and the evening ended with a tremendous fireworks display sponsored by Luethje Sales.  We also want to remember all the great food and pies and time donated at the Peace Church – Legion Food Stand plus those who ran the Beer Garden and Bingo.  They all helped to make Corn Carnival a success. I know this is a very short recap of the week and I know I have missed some event and key people that make this all happen.  For that, I apologize but do want to thank each and every one who had anything to do with making the 90th Corn Carnival a great success and we will see all of you for the 91st Corn Carnival.  Thank You! Keith Sash, Mayor  


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